Build groves to expand your realm, manage your pool of spirits, and optimize your resource production to become the ruler of Idyllon!
Idyllon was the crown jewel of Faerie Queen Nivarra’s kingdom. Once upon a time. Since her passing, this once great land has dissolved into formless void. While all of the Fae kingdom has mourned this tremendous loss, you – the Guardians of the Four Winds – have vowed to restore Idyllon to its former glory.
Groves is a strategy game that combines worker placement with bag building. There are multiple worker types that a guardian can summon to reap the benefits of the land.
Rounds start with players drawing three spirits (workers) from their summoning bag and placing them one at a time.
After drawing their Spirits, players take turns placing those Spirits in available locations. At the start of the game, Spirits can be played on a player's own groves or onto the central Tree of Idyll.
Once a player constructs a portal, that player can also place their Spirits onto another player's groves.
Playing on Groves will earn a player resources and/or dominion points. Any spirit earns the general ability (lower left). When a paired spirit is played on a matching grove, the player earns the general ability as well as the bonus ability (bottom right).
Playing at the Tree of Idyll allows players to purchase new Groves (crystal costs vary and are paid to the player currently holding the crown token), collect summoning bonuses, and construct portals.
After all players have placed their three spirits, any spirits in the Tree of Idyll are discarded, while the spirits played on groves are placed in the summoning bag of the owner of the realm they are played in (regardless of which player played them there).
The game continues until the Grove deck runs out. Players count Dominion from their groves, Dominion earned from Grove abilities, Dominion earned from completed summoning bonus cards, and any Dominion earned from global bonuses that they collected. The player with the most Dominion wins!
To win, players must make the most of their realm by adding new Groves to gain Dominion Points and new abilities. They must also optimize their draws by adding new, helpful Spirits while banishing unwanted Spirits to the Tree of Idyll or to their opponents' realms.
Learn more about the gameplay by watching this Learn to Play by Cassie Elle!
*Multiplayer and solo variant both included on Tabletopia!
Read Mike's take on the use of bag-building in Groves
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We would like to thank (in no particular order) Cassie Friedman, Dustin Schwartz, Mike Wokasch (Fairway3 Games), Andrew and Jessica Fisher (Gameosity), Ryan Sanders (Inquisitive Meeple), Tom Gurganus (Go Forth and Game), James Hudson (Druid City Games), Richard Ham (Rahdo), Dane Trimble (Everything Board Games), Thomas Covert (Board Game Revolution), George Jaros (GJJ Games), Chris Anderson (Blue Cube Games), Ryan Leininger (One Wolf Creative), and Chris and Joe at Cardboard Architects.
Lastly, we would like to give a shout out to our official playtesters: Teresa Aramini, Janice Baker, Aaron Cloutier, Carly Cook, Danny Devine, Deni Kassan, Joseph Kisenwether, Paul Kluka, Michael Letzring, Stephanie Letzring, Rick LouAllen, Brian Povio, Simon Reid, Tim Smith, Jeff Wallace, Tyler Wilson, Mike Wokasch, Nicholas Yu, Rochester Crashtest group, Rochester Unpub Group, and San Jose Protospiel.
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